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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss some of the unplanned occurrences that have made it on the air.

Highlights
Beth McCarthy-Miller on Ashlee Simpson's lip synch error on Saturday Night Live
Dick Van Dyke on some mishaps on the early days on television involving sled dogs
Brad Garrett on outtakes from Everybody Loves Raymond
Bob Barker on the most memorable Price is Right contestant (who lost her tube top)
Fred Rogers on working as floor manager at NBC on The Kate Smith Hour
Nanette Fabray on live, on-air mishaps during Caesar's Hour involving Sid Caesar
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Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on live television mishaps on The Steve Allen Show

Richard Bare

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Richard L. Bare on working with "Arnold the pig" on Green Acres

Bob Barker

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Bob Barker on the most memorable Price is Right contestant (who lost her tube top)

Bonnie Bartlett

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Bonnie Bartlett on mishaps while acting on Love of Life which was broadcast live

Milton Berle

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Milton Berle on memorable live television mishaps on Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on a memorable live television mishap with Red Buttons on Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on the mishap with the "Barber of Seville" sketch on Texaco Star Theater and how it affected the subsequent sketch

Haskell Boggs

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Haskell Boggs on mishaps and close calls during his time as a director of photography

Al Borden

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Al Borden on problems with props and guest stars on The Colgate Comedy Hour
Al Borden on mishaps involving props on The Colgate Comedy Hour

Carol Burnett

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Carol Burnett on her favorite moment on The Garry Moore Show - on her last day on the show when the cast purposely ruined a scene to see how she'd react

Sid Caesar

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Sid Caesar on accidentally being dressed in the wrong costume in a sketch "live" on Your Show of Shows
Sid Caesar on a painful gaffe on "live TV" during a Your Show of Shows parody of High Noon
Sid Caesar on forgetting Basil Rathbone's name while introducing him as the guest star on Your Show of Shows

Marge Champion

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Marge Champion on mishaps on live television and appearing on Person to Person
Marge Champion on losing her dress in front of the Queen of England 

Roy Clark

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Roy Clark on a mishap on live television

Chuck McCann with Emerson College

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Chuck McCann on his harrowing experience guest-hosting The Sandy Becker Show

Bill Dana with Emerson College

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Bill Dana on a live television mishap

Jackie Mason with Emerson College

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Jackie Mason on his infamous middle finger incident on The Ed Sullivan Show

Henry Colman

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Henry Colman on working in live television, where an actor thought the dress rehearsal was the aired show

John Conte

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John Conte on mishaps during the broadcast of Matinee Theater, and on the cancellation of the show

Walter Cronkite

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Walter Cronkite on some of the bloopers that happened when filming live television for the program You Are There involving a historical re-creation of the Hindenburg disaster
Walter Cronkite on an awkward moment during the first Telestar sattelite transmission while interviewing Dwight Eisenhower and Marshall Montgomery

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on a live radio slip-up and the lesson he learned from it
Hugh Downs on a live television slip-up and breaking up on primetime TV; on breaking up on radio and television

Dick Van Dyke

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Dick Van Dyke on some mishaps on the early days on television involving sled dogs

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on working with the writers of Caesar's Hour, and on an on-air mishap where she was injured
Nanette Fabray on live, on-air mishaps during Caesar's Hour involving Sid Caesar

Murray Fromson

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Murray Fromson on covering Barry Goldwater's 1964 whistlestop tour, and an on-air error that occurred during Roger Mudd's reporting on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Brad Garrett

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Brad Garrett on outtakes from Everybody Loves Raymond

Greg Garrison

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Greg Garrison on dealing with the network and Standards & Practices on The Dean Martin Show

Frank Gifford

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Frank Gifford on bloopers from the broadcast booth

Lesli Linka Glatter

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Lesli Linka Glatter on mishaps and pranks that happened while she was directing ER

Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith on where he would sit and conduct the orchestra during live Playhouse 90 broadcasts for director John Frankenheimer and on mishaps on live television 

Walter E. Grauman

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Producer-director Walter Grauman on the flubs made by Lights, Camera, Action (1950) emcee Walter Woolf King on "live" TV 
Director Walter Grauman on working with boxer Primo Carnera on Matinee Theater: "Frankenstein" (airdate: 2/5/57), in which an overzealous and unrehearsed Carnera (playing Frankenstein's monster) threw a stuntman through the scenery
Director Walter Grauman on how a superstition led Sylvia Sidney to forget the final line on "live" TV for a Matinee Theater show [tentatively identified by Grauman as "Death of a Salesman" but possibly "The Gift and the Giver" (airdate: 12/16/57)]

Larry Hagman

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Larry Hagman on a mistake made by a fellow actor on a live broadcast of The Edge of Night
Larry Hagman on a joke played on him by Patrick Duffy during Dallas

Jonathan Harris

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Jonathan Harris on mistakes made on live television

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on on-air mishaps during Captain Video and His Video Rangers

Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner on Taxi  bloopers

Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on mishaps that occurred while directing "live" television, including NBC Matinee Theater and early CBC shows in Canada
Arthur Hiller on losing a camera while filming a "live" television show in Canada

Ron Howard

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Ron Howard on a mistake he made on "live" TV as a child actor on Playhouse 90

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on acting opposite Ethel Barrymore on Climax!
Lamont Johnson on the challenges of directing live broadcasts of NBC Matinee Theater, and on appearing in early televised Shakespeare adaptations
Lamont Johnson on directing John Carradine in the NBC Matinee Theater production of "Dracula"

H. Wesley Kenney

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H. Wesley Kenney on a technical foul-up during live broadcasts of Night Beat
H. Wesley Kenney on a technical foul-up during a live broadcast of Captain Video and His Video Rangers

Don Roy King

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Don Roy King on an on-air blooper on Midday Live

Lynwood King

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Lynwood King on on a live television blooper involving Sid Caesar

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on a mishap on the set of The Alcoa Hour

Don Knotts

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Don Knotts on a moment in "live" TV in the 1950s when fellow actor Les Damon went up on his lines on soap opera Search for Tomorrow

Jack LaLanne

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Jack LaLanne on live TV mishaps and working on live TV with The Jack LaLanne Show

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on James Cagney appearing on Robert Montgomery Presents and on Cagney forgetting his lines

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on getting a case of the giggles in rehearsal on a show with Richard Kiley, likely Lux VideoTheatre's "Operation Weekend"

Jack Lemmon

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Jack Lemmon on the worst thing that happened to him on live television

Barry Levinson

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Barry Levinson on his (somewhat disastrous) first day on a live television set, which took place during a training program he took part in while a student at American University

Sam Lovullo

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Sam Lovullo on the bloopers of Hew Haw, often left in, and on the set design of the show

Sidney Lumet

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Sidney Lument on the technical challenges of doing Danger live, and on mishaps during the broadcasts

Martin Manulis

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Martin Manulis on a mishap during a live broadcast of Climax!, when an extra who was supposed to be playing dead got up and walked away in the middle of a scene

Richard Matheson

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Richard Matheson on appearing in the miniseries Captains and the Kings as President Garfield

Beth McCarthy-Miller

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Beth McCarthy-Miller on on-air mishaps on Saturday Night Live  and the stress of directing it
Beth McCarthy-Miller on Ashlee Simpson's lip synch error on Saturday Night Live

Walter C. Miller

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Walter C. Miller on a memorable blooper during a live broadcast of The Aldrich Family
Walter C. Miller on a blooper on The Bell Telephone Hour episode "The Music of Romance" with Helen Hayes and Farley Granger

Robert Mott

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Robert Mott on various live television bloopers including on Studio One, Betty Furness' Westinghouse commercial, and The Web
Robert Mott on a Captain Kangaroo blooper

Frank Nastasi

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Frank Nastasi on The  Soupy Sales Show  naked girl prank

Alan Neuman

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Alan Neuman on memorable bloopers on Kraft Television Theatre

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy recalling that Lloyd Bridges accidentally swore on live TV
Leonard Nimoy on James Coburn oversleeping for a call on M Squad but stardom was around the corner

Arthur Penn

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Arthur Penn on bloopers on Playhouse 90

Don Pike

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Don Pike on bloopers on live television he witnessed

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on a blooper she witnessed on The Ed Sullivan Show, and on a blooper she was involved with on Appointment With Adventure
Charlotte Rae on a blooper she was involved with on The DuPont Show of the Month

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on mishaps during live television
Gene Reynolds on mishaps during live television

Fred Rogers

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Fred Rogers on working as floor manager at NBC on The Kate Smith Hour

Andy Rooney

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Andy Rooney on some of the mishaps he witnessed on live television, particularly on Calendar

Thomas W. Sarnoff

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Thomas W. Sarnoff on a live TV blooper during the airing of an episode of Marshal of Gunsight Pass (1950)

Jan Scott

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Jan Scott on mishaps she witnessed on live television, and on going to work for the NBC station in Philadelphia
Jan Scott on mishaps in live productions she worked on

Paul Shaffer

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Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on musical guest John Sebastian stopping his vocals after microphone feedback on Saturday Night Live's live broadcast

Jack Shea

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Jack Shea on mishaps during the era of live television

Sid Smith

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Sid Smith on live mishaps on the Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe pageants

Leonard Stern

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Leonard Stern on Jackie Gleason, who memorized his lines, making a mistake on a commercial for Schick

Maxine Stuart

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Maxine Stuart on live television mishaps

George Takei

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George Takei on working on a Playhouse 90 where an actor forgot his lines and pantomimed until he remembered

Studs Terkel

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Studs Terkel on actor Chet Roble accidentally referring to sponsor Manor House Coffee as rival Maxwell House Coffee on Studs' Place during a "live" commercial

Stanford Tischler

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Stanford Tischler on editing the blooper reels for M*A*S*H

Helen Wagner

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Helen Wagner on mishaps that happened on live television 

Clint Walker

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Clint Walker on being overly tired on the set of Cheyenne and misspeaking a line about gun butts.

Dennis Weaver

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Dennis Weaver on the first television shows he appeared in during the late 1940s

Tucker Wiard

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Tucker Wiard on bloopers from The Carol Burnett Show

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on the disastrous, primetime Saturday Night Live "Live from Mardi Gras" special

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